Vision improvement works well in group settings as the questions that other students ask are often important to all of us, even if we didn’t think to ask them ourselves. Also knowing the changes and improvements that others are experiencing can really help to put our own experience into perspective. Being able to teach vision improvement via home kit and the internet is wonderful of course, but we still need that element of support and encouragement from the experiences of others. I hope to bring you this kind of group feeling and inspiration with articles such as this one.
A vision improvement student attending a class in Toowoomba once commented that for her personally one of the most significant things she learned from the class was to regain her regular blinking. Sometimes the smallest thing is the key – in using our eyes or changing our habits.
Setting up your personal programme can seem like an intricate process. Especially for myopes who want to be sure that they are doing it exactly right! Generally I am reluctant to give a precise and military timetable (it only encourages striving for perfection and stressfully strict adherence). Also, I feel it’s important for you to use setting up your personal programme as part of the process of developing your self-awareness around your eyes. The goal is to set up a personal programme that is what you need, and is flexible to the changing state of your visual system, both daily and long-term.
This may sound complex but it can be quite simple, and in the Kits I take things step-by-step so that the development of the personal programme usually evolves quite easily. If you feel at all confused about your personal programme, do remember to go back to the beginning of your Kit or book and review the lessons, as this helps to establish what you learned the first time around and bring in any details that you may not have integrated so far. Often students doing a ‘refresher’ course tell me that there was so much information the first time around that they really gained a great deal from doing a review.
Below are some questions and answers that students have asked in the course of doing their vision improvement programme, and you may find just the little thing that you needed to know for your own progress! As you read, remember that the Magic Nose Pencil is the deceptively simple activity that sets up your body and visual system for the best results with the other vision activities. My suggestion is to keep asking yourself this question: -
- Keep my neck and shoulders relaxed
- Use my eyes in this way (as instructed in the MNP activity)
All at the same time?
This is one of the main skills that lead back to clear eyesight.
Question: I am a little unsure how long to practice things for. For instance, shall I do the Magic Nose Pencil drawing for a while before moving on to the next new activity? And do you recommend that I always do the shoulder, neck massage and cross crawl before doing Nose Pencil drawing? I think you say that somewhere but just wanting to check. I understand that it is done in order to have everything switched on and the eyes and shoulders relaxed, so I have answered my own question, haven’t I. I’m just thinking that to do all the exercises could take quite a while. Do you have a comment on that?
Answer: Yes, I suggest doing just the prep activities and Magic Nose Pencil for some weeks before moving on to the other activities. You need to achieve a certain feeling with it – a sense that you are relaxing and allowing your eyes to move and your vision to happen – then take this feeling to the further activities.
Yes, I suggest doing the Self- Massage and Cross Crawl before the other activities – where time is short even just a minute or two of each. This activates the response that you have trained into your body with longer sessions, of relaxing the neck and shoulders and switching on the brain, and reminds the body how to be during the further vision activities.
Question: I wanted to touch base about the Magic Nose Pencil. I’m aware of my extreme resistance to doing it. I’m forcing myself to do it, but I dread it, for several reasons. 1) I find I’m concentrating so hard in doing the outline, and the insight came that your suggestion of doing it with big sloppy movements is totally opposite of my personality and how I live my life in general. I’m a very neat and tidy person, a perfectionist. So this sloppy thing is very uncomfortable. A good awareness to work with. And 2) I notice that I feel utterly frustrated during the closed eye memory part, as I can barely recall anything. I’m trying to lower my expectations on myself, as well as deciding that I need to start with really simple pictures so that I can begin to have a feeling of “success” remembering the image when I close my eyes.
Answer: I definitely agree with using simple pictures with beautiful colours, images that you like, or use a favourite object rather than an image (in fact I would recommend this). Feel the object in your hand as well as look at it. Take it in with all your senses. Start where it is easy, whether this is up close or more distant. Put some music on (soothing, with no words), and take things step by step.
Start with your eyes closed and just breathe and relax your body. Then open your eyes and blink and gaze gently around, stay relaxed as you bring your gaze to the image or object, draw it slowly, take in one visual element, then close your eyes and keep moving your head as you draw this in your mind’s eye. Then eyes open again, then move to a different element. When you start to tense up, go back to the beginning of eyes closed and just breathing. If thoughts and feelings are pestering you write them down and then use them in the Melting Beachballs process.
This could be an important balance to find in life, to let some things be loose! One of the qualities of myopic tension is perfectionism and accompanying anxiety. Relaxing and letting go of total control would be very useful here, and is certainly a habit change process.
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Remember if you are a Personal Eyesight Training Kit student, in your member’s area you have the recordings of support conferences with other PET students to listen to that you may find very helpful!
We are here to help you maintain your vision improvement progress. Don’t let anything stop you. Any obstacle is an opportunity to learn more about yourself, and can be resolved. Let us know if you have questions or successes to share!